Paris’ Montparnasse Tower to be rehabilitated as “icon of the energy revolution”

A Nouvelle AOM consortium has been chosen to redesign the Montparnasse Tower in Paris. The €300m project to revamp the bulding will be funded by its owners, and will add green plants to the lower levels and install a conservatory at the top.

AOM commented: "When we took up the challenge of this exciting competition, our focus was on revealing the beauty of the Tour Montparnasse from the inside out. We achieved this by incorporating radically new uses and crafting a complete sustainable ‘green’ makeover of the facade. The aim is to make the tower an icon of the 21st-century energy revolution."

Built in 1973, the 59-storey skyscraper was the only one to be built in Paris, and has long been an object of intense controversy.

The winning team is a consortium of three Paris-based firms that brings together architects born in the 1970s: Franklin Azzi, Fréderic Chartier, Pascale Dalix, Mathurin Hardel and Cyrille Le bihan.

Nouvelle AOM and US architect Studio Gang were the two finalists for the design; one unsuccessful entry that attracted attention was Chinese firm MAD Architects proposal to turn the tower’s facade into a huge upside-down mirror.

The project is due to be completed in time for Paris’ 2024 Olympic Games.

Images courtesy of Nouvelle AOM

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  1. 300 million Euro? I wonder just how much this tower block was actually built for in the first place?
    Then again what would Paris be without the greenery! Please excuse the pun!

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